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‘I did a whole lot of crying’: the spectacular fall and rise of Ronda Rousey

Hailed as the world’s most dominant athlete until it all came crashing down, the ex-UFC star discusses battling depression, her eclectic second act and how to prepare for the apocalypseRonda Rousey was once again situated on the dais to promote an even…

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‘We were forming family’: how LGBT sports grew in the early 1980s

The documentary Light in the Water tells the story of a group of gay men and women who fought against prejudice to swim their way to victoryIn the gay community, there’s an old adage about “alternative families”. Kath Weston wrote about it in her 1997 …

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‘It’s coming home’: England are winning the meme World Cup

Del Boy, David Brent, Caesar and the monkey in Friends all say it’s coming home. So, who knows, maybe this is England’s yearWhat if I told you it’s coming home? pic.twitter.com/sUjxFLkGJo Continue reading…

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HBO’s Paterno, with Al Pacino as famed coach, probes scars of Sandusky scandal

A new HBO film shows how Jerry Sandusky revealed flaws in Joe Paterno that no one, least of all the coach himself, knew were thereJoe Paterno coached football at Pennsylvania State University for 62 years, 46 of them as head coach, winning 409 games (a…

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Wyoming’s Black 14 matter more than ever in post-Kaepernick America

Nearly 50 years after a group of black Wyoming football players were kicked off the team for even contemplating a protest, a new documentary gives their courage an overdue spotlightBefore there was Colin Kaepernick, there were the Black 14.It was the f…

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Cheers for Kobe Bryant’s Oscar win were a jarring twist in the MeToo era

James Franco was missing from the Oscars ceremony after allegations of sexual misconduct. So why did a basketball star accused of rape win plaudits?A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of participating in a Time’s Up discussion with women from var…

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Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball wins best animated short film at Oscars 2018

Former NBA star wins Academy award for short he wrote and narrated, despite controversy over historic sexual assault allegationFormer NBA star Kobe Bryant has become an unlikely Oscar winner after Dear Basketball, which he wrote and narrated, won the A…

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Golfer Bill Haas released from hospital after car crash that killed driver

Collision killed driver of Ferrari golfer was driving inActor Luke Wilson escaped injury after clipping Haas’s carProfessional golfer Bill Haas was hospitalised but escaped serious injuries following a crash in Los Angeles that killed the driver of the…

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Is Rob Gronkowski going to be the next American action hero?

The New England Patriots tight end has hinted he may consider retiring at the age of 28 – and there are plenty of reasons for swapping the NFL for HolywoodFollowing his team’s Super Bowl loss this month, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hi…

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The Super Bowl ads, Justin Timberlake and everything but the football – live

Live updates on the non-sporting action from the Super Bowl 2018, including the half-time show, biggest commercials and film trailersFollow the game: live updates on the Super Bowl 1.08am GMT Timberlake is teasing his arrival. That outfit does not look…

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I, Tonya seems unfair to Nancy Kerrigan in its desire to give Harding her say | Richard Williams

The film strips away the rhinestones and makeup but wants to leave us wondering about the real victim of the attack on figure skater Kerrigan in January 1994As we were reminded by the events in the Michigan courtroom over which Judge Rosemarie Aquilina…

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The Icarus of ice: bittersweet film celebrates life of skating star John Curry

The British Olympian and pioneering gay athlete is to shine again in The Ice King, a documentary telling his storyJohn Curry’s graceful path to Winter Olympic triumph for Britain in 1976 – and to a place in the hearts of his fans – really began when hi…

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The film student who took up video analysis and ended up coaching Norway

Martin Foyston’s course in film studies helped him secure a job at Fulham, where he met Roy Hodgson and was inspired to take a risk and become a coachBy Tom Harvey for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkMartin Foyston walked away from a …

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Facts mix with fiction yet Battle of the Sexes may still be underplayed | Richard Williams

Billie-Jean King’s match against the 1939 men’s Wimbledon champion in 1973 provides the main thrust of a new film but like other sporting movies the facts are often massaged to augment the storyAfter the credits finished rolling at the end of the Battl…

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A-League invites ridicule with Star Wars round promotion

Fans mock commercial tie-up that chief executive David Gallop hails a way to ‘expand the football family’In the midst of a governance crisis, Football Federation Australia has announced it has teamed up with Walt Disney for a Star Wars round, to kick o…

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Billie Jean King: ‘Be ahead of your time – that’s what you have to do’

The tennis champion’s lifelong fight for equality and freedom is celebrated in a new film about the Battle of the Sexes. She talks about not being comfortable in her own skin until she was 51, and why millennials give her hopeIn 1955, when she was 12 y…

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‘I prepared not to come back’: the woman who finished the world’s hardest swim

Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out benea…

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Terry Downes obituary

World middleweight boxing champion nicknamed the ‘Paddington Express’

Terry Downes, the “Dashing, Crashing, Bashing Paddington Express” who has died aged 81, was a popular all-action fighter who became world middleweight champion for nine months in 1961-62, retiring aged only 28 in 1964, when he was beaten in a challenge for the world light heavyweight title. A headline writer’s dream with a sharp cockney wit that spawned numerous one-liners, he was beloved by boxing promoters. His aggressive style rarely produced a dull fight, and Downes also had the charisma to ensure he was a major box-office draw.

Born and brought up in London, where he boxed as a junior for the Fisher amateur boxing club, Downes completed his boxing education in the US, where he fought for the Marine corps, which he had joined after his family emigrated in 1952. Downes’s elder sister, Sylvia, had previously travelled to Baltimore to join the famed Ringling Bros circus, but her family moved to the US to be with her when she lost an arm in a road accident. She was thrown from a bus on the way to the circus, suffering injuries when she was trapped between the vehicle and a telegraph pole.

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Jake LaMotta was not a great champion but one of the toughest, a boxing beast | Kevin Mitchell

The fine details of his brief reign as world middleweight champion are not always absorbed in recollections of his career, mainly because one of the greatest films of all time painted him in classically Shakespearean mode

Jake LaMotta should have been in Las Vegas to watch Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Álvarez, two distinguished middleweights pitched together to echo the deeds of the division’s glorious past, a fight reckoned to restore boxing’s faltering image. LaMotta, who knew a lot about the game’s sullied reputation, would have given it a wry smile.

The fight did not quite do its job. It was a terrific rather than a truly great contest and dreadful misjudgment by one of the officials overwhelmingly in favour of Álvarez returned a split draw, drowning out all other post-fight sentiments. So, unfairly but inevitably, Golovkin-Álvarez will be remembered only slightly more fondly than the theatrical crossover fight in the same ring three weeks earlier between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

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The semiotics of Sepp Blatter’s beef with white wine | Letters

Police officers and their pay | James Bond and the former Fifa president | Going tabloid in the 19th century | Borrowings by Robert Louis Stevenson and Bob Dylan | From Trump Street into Russia Row

Your editorial on public sector pay (Nurses teachers and firefighters are long overdue a rise, 20 June) was disappointing for a couple of reasons. First, you exclude police officers from the headline, when they have suffered similar pay freezes and cuts, compounded by pay-scale freezes and the largest raid on pensions. Second, you use the sexist term “policemen” when referring to officers running into danger – are you suggesting policewomen run the other way? The perfectly respectable gender-neutral alternatives “officer” and “constable” have been in satisfactory use for many decades.
DCI Louise Fleckney
Broughton, Northamptonshire

James Bond in From Russia with Love, to his enemy Donald “Red” Grant: “Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something.” Sepp Blatter, lunching with David Conn (G2, 19 June), ordered white wine with côte de bœuf. Doesn’t that tell us something?
Clifton Melvin
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire

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